Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi

Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi

elisaAssistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
College for Public Health and Health Professions

Dr. Gonzalez-Rothi’s research interests focus on the development of effective therapies to treat motor deficits following chronic spinal cord injury. Her work aims to advance our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying plasticity within neural networks, particularly as it applies to breathing and upper extremity motor function. Her current research focuses on therapies designed to harness such plasticity, including electrical stimulation, pharmacology and mild-intermittent hypoxia.



  • Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Armstrong GT, Cerreta AJ, Fitzpatrick GM, Reier PJ, Lane MA, Fuller DD (2016). Forelimb muscle plasticity following unilateral cervical spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve. 53(3): 475-478. (PMID: 26662579; PMCID: PMC4733411)

  • Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Lee KZ, Dale EA, Mitchell GS, Fuller DD (2015). Intermittent hypoxia and Neurorehabilitation. J Appl Physiol. 119(2):1455-1465. (PMID: 25997947; PMCID: PMC4683349)

  • Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Rombola AM, Rousseau AC, Mercier LM, Fitzpatrick GM, Reier PJ, Fuller DD, Lane MA (2015). Spinal Interneurons and Forelimb plasticity following incomplete cervical spinal cord injury in adult rats. J Neurotrauma. Epub ahead of print. (PMID: 25625912)